One Oh One (That was the temperature yesterday. On April 17th)

Yesterday, the entire DFW Metroplex became a believer in global warming.

Yesterday –April 17, 2006– the recorded high temperature was 101 degrees.

April Seventeenth.

Today, I believe the high was one hundred…or ninety-nine…or some other ridiculously high number. It doesn’t really matter one degree or another…it was insanely hot.

Mind you, we’re used to this kind of thing later in the year. A couple of months from now a string of, say, fourteen straight 100-plus days won’t cause us to blink around here. And, for those us who’ve been here our whole lives, we kinda like our summers that way.

But April Seventeenth?!!!…

You know the really strange thing? The local news –tv, newspaper, take your pick– they reported the high temps of the past few days, but none of them gave any context for them. Not ONE media source, that I saw, stopped to ask the question, “Gee, could this be related to global warming?”

Those same stations will probably do a story on global warming sometime in the next week or so (Earth Day’s coming, so it will be obligatory)

Will they bother to remind us how high the temps have been when they run that story?
Will they connect the dots enough to show the facts: that we’ve already had eight record high temperature days this calendar year?
Or, will they just run a story about how to put your recycling in the blue plastic bag by the curb?

My bet’s on the blue plastic bags. And that’ll be a shame. Because I promise you: yesterday everyone in Dallas became a believer in global warming.

Now, we just need the media and our politicians to name it, and help to us find ways to do something about it.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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